Jimmy’s Falafel moves to new George St location


Take a primary look inside the brand new house of late-night Merivale eatery Jimmy’s Falafel.

Scott Bolles

Jimmy’s Falafel 2.0 opens at the moment on George Road, with the favored CBD venue shifting to a brand new spot close to Merivale stablemates Totti’s and MuMu.

The three-year-old Jimmy’s Falafel hasn’t moved far, relocating 80 metres to a strip that delivers Sydney one thing briefly provide: late-night eating choices.

A bigger and better version of Jimmy’s Falafel opens at its new George Street location.
An even bigger and higher model of Jimmy’s Falafel opens at its new George Road location.Daniele Massacci

The venue doesn’t shut till 2am from Thursdays to Saturdays, says Jimmy’s founding head chef Simon Zalloua, who describes the realm as an rising after-midnight hub.

“We’ve obtained 50-odd extra seats, the wine listing is larger [and] there are some premium wines on there,” he says.

The cocktail listing is longer, and there are some new bigger dishes, too.

The new venue has 50-odd more seats than the original.
The brand new venue has 50-odd extra seats than the unique.Daniele Massacci

Whereas unique Jimmy’s Falafel classics similar to hen and kofta shish, and the pitas, have survived the transfer, Zalloua’s current journey to the Center East impressed some new menu objects.

He didn’t must journey for inspiration for the lamb dish, nonetheless.

“I grew up on lamb my father cooked in a one-gallon drum he transformed. He didn’t use overarching spices, just a few oregano and a brush of contemporary thyme,” he says.

Jimmy’s lamb dish was inspired by head chef Simon Zalloua’s father’s cooking.
Jimmy’s lamb dish was impressed by head chef Simon Zalloua’s father’s cooking.Daniele Massacci

A wagyu steak with purple cabbage, baba ghanoush and sumac onions has additionally made the opening menu, alongside an entire flounder with paprika and almond tarator.

Jimmy’s will proceed to supply takeaway to daytime and night prospects.

Zalloua admits he’ll nonetheless most likely be referred to as Jimmy by prospects. “Jimmy [the restaurant’s namesake] is a detailed pal of Justin [Merivale chief Justin Hemmes], however folks nonetheless ask if I’m Jimmy. I’ve given up correcting them, relying on my temper,” Zalloua says.

Head chef Simon Zalloua.
Head chef Simon Zalloua.Daniele Massacci

The brand new cluster of late-night Merivale venues across the Ivy precinct is ready to be added to once more subsequent month with a brand new eatery led by Totti’s government chef Mike Eggert.

Totti’s spin-off Oti will slide into the previous house of Lorraine’s Patisserie, the positioning vacated on the finish of 2022 following the retirement of Sydney pastry guru Lorraine Godsmark.

Oti will deal with Roman-style pizza by the slice and a Tuscan flatbread dish referred to as schiacciata.

The new venue is part of an emerging cluster of late-night venues.
The brand new venue is a part of an rising cluster of late-night venues.Daniele Massacci

If the Oti product is as common as Totti’s cushion of wood-fired bread, the precinct can have one other drawcard.

Scott BollesScott Bolles writes the weekly Quick Black column in Good Meals.

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